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    Thanks Ukejenny, happy to be here, problem im having is that i cant find a UK dealer that holds all three makes for testing.

    Also, Is it true that the solid wood Ukes take a lot of maintenance compared to the solid tops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele-uk View Post
    Thanks Ukejenny, happy to be here, problem im having is that i cant find a UK dealer that holds all three makes for testing.

    Also, Is it true that the solid wood Ukes take a lot of maintenance compared to the solid tops?
    The more seasoned members here can do a better job of answering questions, as I am a novice still. I have an all solid instrument and my kids have laminates. I much prefer the sound of the solid instruments. As far as maintenance, I think keeping the humidity adjusted is the only major worry. But, again, I may not know of other things.
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    Ok, I'll jump in with my pitch for the Ohana CK-20S. http://www.southernukulelestore.co.u...hogany-Top-NEW
    Solid mahogany top, laminate back and sides and a real nice player for the price.

    Happy hunting and keep us posted

    Ps. Put Worth browns on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulele-uk View Post
    Seems my limit has now evolved to $300! More specifically i am looking at either of these Ukes:
    Mainland USA Mainland Mango Concert Gloss
    Kala KA-MCG Concert Ukulele Curly Mango High Gloss Finish
    Ohana CK35GS Concert

    Opinions? Good selection?
    These are all good choices. I have a Mainland Mango Concert Gloss, and a Kala Mango Tenor and several Ohanas. All good ukes for the money. I would consider a Concert neck Flea as well, if there is one around for you to try. If you can play one before you buy it, do so. Each one will have a different tone.

    –Lori

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    Whatever you do, buy from a reputable dealer who will do a quality set-up on an instrument. MIM's Ukes, or Hawaii Music Supply (HMS), or Mike at Mainland, or Uke Republic. Or buy a Flea/ Fluke as they're all already perfectly set-up. A good set-up will make it that much easier and funner to play.
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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    No offence to all the people who haven't noticed that he's in England, but...

    HE'S IN ENGLAND!!

    A significant proportion of his budget would go on shipping and duty.

    http://www.eaglemusicshop.com/concert-ukuleles sell Mainland

    http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/ sell everything else

    Narrow it down to a few brands/models, then come back for opinions

    Welcome to UU btw

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    Thanks for your input Lori, Which do you prefer out of the Mainland and Kala out of interest? Sounds like Ohana is your preferred make overall.

    Ok, new update is its between the Ohana CK20's, Kala KA or spend the extra for a mainland. what u think?
    Last edited by Ukulele-uk; 08-29-2013 at 11:13 PM.

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    The Mainland vs the Ohana CK35. Pretty much equals. You can get the Ohana locally, easier. Probably get a good deal from SouthernUkulele in the UK...and they do good setups as well.

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    For me, I will choose kala or ohana... Either one is good enough! Enjoy

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